The combined consumer price index for apparel and footwear dipped by 0.6% compared to March 2015.
Inflation for all items increased by nearly 1 percent year-over-year, almost even with February’s rise. Taking food and energy out of the mix, the increase was 2.2%, due primarily to increases in housing and medical service costs.
Prices for apparel fell by almost 1 percent, as retailers resorted to price promotions and couponing to try to coax reluctant shoppers into stores. Footwear prices increased by 0.4%.
Women’s apparel prices were virtually flat, while men’s prices plunged by 3.7%.
While boys’ apparel prices fell 1.7%, prices of girls’ apparel edged down only slightly. Infants’ and toddlers’ prices dipped by 0.2%.